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Why some African companies succeed on the Continent while others fail

Terence McNamee is the Deputy Director of The Brenthurst Foundation.

He was involved in co-editing “Africans Investing in Africa: Understanding Business and Trade, Sector by Sector”.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed McNamee for his weekly business book review.

Scroll down to listen to the interview.

Description of “Africans Investing in Africa” on Amazon.com:

“Africans Investing in Africa” explores intra-African trade and investment by showing how, where and why Africans invest across Africa.

The book aims to identify the economic, political and social experiences that hinder or stimulate investment; and highlights examples of pan-African investors.

This book is the outcome of a project conceived in 2011 by the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation and the Lagos-based Tony Elumelu Foundation.

The foundations, drawing on their established record of scholarship and policy advice on issues impacting Africa's economic growth and development, agreed to undertake in-depth, case-study based research into why African-owned or/and African-based companies were still struggling to succeed across multiple geographies on the continent, despite the Africa's impressive economic growth rates and overall improvements in macro-economic management.

South African companies have been very, very successful in the rest of the continent.

Terence McNamee

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